Mack’s Mailbag for March 3, 2015

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So, I’m guessing that Karl Stollery’s NHL trade is a first among Merrimack alums?
Actually, no. I know that Kyle Bigos was traded to the San Jose Sharks right before becoming a free agent. The Sharks then signed him to a minor-league deal in the AHL. There are others as well. Steve McKenna was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Minnesota Wild in 2001 and while not technically the same as a trade, John Jakopin was claimed on waivers by Pittsburgh in 2001. Also, Jim Hrivnak was traded in 1993 in a deal that landed the Winnipeg Jets Rick Tabaracci and Jim Vesey was traded twice, once by the Boston Bruins to the Winnipeg Jets, and then from the Jets to the St. Louis Blues.

You said you think Hockey East could lose one and add one if there is realignment again. who do you think that is?
Strictly my opinion, but I think we’ll see ASU go to the NCHC. That gives them 9. Then I think Notre Dame will work out something with the NCHC to give them 10. Then Holy Cross would be my guess to join HEA to get them back to 12. Holy Cross would need to do similar things as UConn – like play at DCU Center – but it’s doable if they have the cash. That also gets Atlantic Hockey to an even number again at 10 teams.

You think Holy Cross is a potential ND replacement over QU?
HC was in the conversation last time. QU was not. QU has the rink and the resources, but do they even want to leave the ECAC? They’re doing well there. I think where HC was involved before, at least they expressed interest, and they would be again if HEA needed another team.

Any news on any other pacific teams joining D1 hockey with Arizona St joining?
None yet, but I think we’ll see more follow in their footsteps.

How can you say Gillies for All Hockey East goalie when he’s 5th in win%?
Winning percentage doesn’t exist, in my mind, when it comes to goaltenders. If you’re on a team that scores 5 per game, and you allow 4, but go 10-0, are you the best goalie in the league?

Should college hockey have an all star game? Would be kind of cool.
I like the idea of an all-star type game, featuring all of the best seniors who are undrafted.

What’s the outlook on Seney getting drafted? Hearing any teams?
Not hearing of any teams. If he is, 5th-7th round. Size will hurt him but he’s dynamic. I think more teams are starting to use their sixth and seventh round picks as a way to stash potential NCAA free agents. If so, he’ll get a look.

Would you vote Jack Eichel for Hobey? Even though he is only a freshman?
He could be a sixth grader for all I care. He’s the best player in college hockey this season.


Mike McMahon covers Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report as well as on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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Mike McMahon is in his 13th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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